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Life and Times of a Big River An Uncommon Natural History of Alaska's Upper Yukon

Biography / Memoir
By: Peter J Marchand(Author)
191 pages, 22 b/w photos
Life and Times of a Big River
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  • Life and Times of a Big River ISBN: 9781602232471 Paperback Apr 2015 Out of stock with supplier: order now to get this when available
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When Richard Nixon signed the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act in 1971, eighty million acres were flagged as possible national park land. Field expeditions were tasked with recording what was contained in these vast acres. Under this decree, five men were sent into the sprawling, roadless Interior of Alaska, unsure of what they'd encounter and ultimately responsible for the fate of four thousand pristine acres.

Life and Times of a Big River follows Peter J. Marchand and his team of biologists as they set out to explore the land that would ultimately become the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Their encounters with strange plants, rare insects, and little-known mammals bring to life a land once thought to be static and monotonous. And their struggles to navigate and adapt to an unforgiving environment capture the rigorous demands of remote field work. Weaving in and out of Marchand's narrative is an account of the natural and cultural history of the area as it relates to the expedition and the region's Native peoples. Life and Times of a Big River chronicles the riveting, one-of-a-kind journey of uncertainty and discovery of a disparate (and at one point desperate) group of biologists.


Prologue. Traveling heavy
I. Circle
The work of ice * Library in stone * A proposal to blow up Cape Thomspon * Village on the edge of wild
II. Flat Water
Five men and a dog * Dancing forest * Kutchin under siege * Salmon for Swedes
III. Kandik
Mosquito wars * Sagebrush saga * Reindeer to the rescue * Bear stories I’d never heard before
IV. Nation
Circle’s unwelcome committee * A river running slush * Pygmy shrews and a giant club moss * Permafrost permutations
V. Charley River
Lost in the clouds * Searching for Garrett * The high price of squirrel meat * An experiment I never want to repeat
VI. Headwaters
Thieving pikas and singing voles * Fortymile caribou * Tales the three-rings tell * Truth is a chameleon
VII. The Years After
Death without reason * Mother of all summers * Plants on the move * Changing fortunes of moose and men

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Peter J. Marchand is a field biologist who studies forest, tundra, and desert landscapes. He is the author of Autumn: A Season of Change, Nature Guide to the Northern Forest, Life in the Cold and The Bare-Toed Vaquero. He lives in Penrose, Colorado.

Biography / Memoir
By: Peter J Marchand(Author)
191 pages, 22 b/w photos
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"In 1975, Peter Marchand was a young biologist hired by the federal government as part of a team carrying out the first systematic biological inventory of the Yukon and Charley Rivers region of Interior Alaska [...] He and his fellow researchers would discover much that summer, not just in their respective fields of study, but also about a fading way of life in one of the final outposts of the vanishing frontier, as well as a valuable lesson in survival."
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